The past few weeks have brought a bevy of dark matter announcements. Some of the observations and claims have been genuinely thrilling, but some have been dubious.
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Boeing has a patent to protect humans from shockwaves caused by explosions. Is this a sci-fi force field? No, not really.
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The velvet worm uses physics when squirting slime at its prey.
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What can a high school student do to get ready for a career in physics? Here are some ideas.
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Stephen Hawking always starts his lectures with the same quip: “Can you hear me?” His characteristic delivery, a blend of humor and complicated theoretical physics, is the kind of performance that Hawking, 72, is now well known for, even as he has become a celebrity ambassador for science, a physicist whose office is adorned with portraits taken with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Steven Spielberg (twice) as well as stills from his many appearances in Star Trek and The Simpsons.
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Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.
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If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldn’t be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts. And the minuscule mass of the Higgs boson, whose relative […]
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We can’t avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill. And daylight savings notwithstanding, time always ticks forward. But why not backward? For a group of physicists, the answers to these deep and complex questions may arise from a familiar source: gravity.
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